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Full Papers, Letters and Reviews in Chemical Synthesis

SynOpen is an international open access journal reporting current research results in chemical synthesis in full paper, letter and review format. It covers all fields of scientific endeavor that involve organic synthesis, including catalysis, organometallic, medicinal, biological, and photochemistry, but also related disciplines and offers the possibility to publish scientific primary data. Full papers provide dependable research results with detailed and reliable experimental procedures and full characterization of all important new products.

SynOpen generally uses Select Crowd Review for reviewing manuscripts. For crowd reviewing, we are constantly looking for new highly motivated crowd members.
Please contact if you want to learn more about Select Crowd Review or send your CV if you are interested in joining.


The following article types are published in SynOpen:


  • Original Papers
    cover original research which has not been previously published, except in the form of an abstract or preliminary communication.


  • Letters
    are preliminary reports of new research results whose significance to the scientific community justifies rapid communication.


  • PSPs (Practical Synthetic Procedures)
    are useful and reliable procedures of interest for both academic and industrial chemists presented in a compact form.


  • Reviews and Short Reviews 
    are critically evaluated recent developments and updates in a specific area of high interest to the readership providing a concise assessment of the current state of the art and an outlook on future developments. Authors wishing to submit a review or short review are requested to first contact Prof. Laurence Harwood.


  • Graphical Reviews
    provide a concise overview of a current topic, highlighting historical background/origins of a research area and cutting-edge contributions along with the most recent developments. Text should be limited to a minimum. In preparing graphical reviews, authors should ask themselves how they would prepare lecture notes on the topic. For an example, see here. Authors wishing to submit a graphical review are requested to first contact Prof. Daniel Seidel.


  • Spotlights
    (up to 3 template-based pages, including tables and graphics) highlight the preparation and uses of selected reagents and methods in current research, so the bulk of references should be from the recent literature (2015 onward). It is a review-type article and therefore should not contain any unpublished results. Authors wishing to submit a spotlight are requested to first contact Prof. Laurence Harwood.


Special attention should be paid to the SynOpen Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement.

As an open access publication, all articles in SynOpen are made freely available immediately upon publication for all to read and download from Thieme E-Journals.

SynOpen is indexed in: Directory of Open Access Journals, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, EBSCO, ProQuest

All SynOpen articles are also available in the Researcher App.

This journal is published under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives).


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